Just a week ago I was looking out my window at a nasty mix of freezing rain and snow flurries. This week I’ve been frantically searching my closet for anything slightly less suffocating than skinny jeans and a sweater. We’re nowhere near summer yet, but the temperatures are already starting to soar. Typically we wait until the blazing hot days of July and August to worry about hydration during exercise, but we really need to start thinking about it now.
I completely underestimated the grueling heat the last time I ran a race. I sipped on my water bottle all morning, but I failed to account for the late afternoon start. Unfortunately I realized my mistake only after I was 3 miles into the middle of the woods- dizzy, confused, and nauseas. I won’t go into explicit detail but it wasn’t pretty. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you really know how to hydrate before you head to the starting line of your next race.
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